River WoltonRiver is a writer and creative mentor working in schools, colleges, universities, museums, galleries, libraries and community settings. As Derbyshire Poet Laureate (2007-9) her commissions included a poetry trail for part of the National Forest, and a poem in five voices mapping the history of Bolsover.

Her poetry collections are published by Smith/Doorstop, and her work has been included in anthologies such as In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights and This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching

She performs at festivals locally and nationally, and has collaborated with accapella groups Top Shelalas and Deep C Divas.

River (right) with Top Shelalas (left to right) Helen Lyle, Rose Hodgson & Kate Thomas. Edale Folk Festival

Recent projects include the short film Girl Rising: Derbyshire devised, scripted and filmed by girls in Long Eaton.

In 2014 she collaborated with University of Sheffield’s ‘Stories of Activism’ to devise a City Walk connecting Sheffield’s radical past with stories from present-day activists. Watch a film of the walk made by Gemma Thorpe

In 2015-16 she worked with young writers aged 16-30 to research and write about WW1 conscientious objectors for Courage of Conscience.

Her guide to ‘Getting Started as a Writer in the Community’ commissioned by the National Association of Writers in Education is available to download here